Saint Clair Family Estate Wines is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however, a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate Wines.
From 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals, including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Saint Clair Family Estate Wines' success is founded on the 27 years of extensive pioneering viticulture, ongoing as a critical part of the highest quality winemaking practices.
Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Noble Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Gewurtztraminer, Viognier, Rose, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Malbec, Syrah
Hamish Clark is the winery's senior winemaker and has worked for Saint Clair since 2001. Hamish has a unique background with a BSC in Microbiology and BSC in Zoology from Otago University. He gained a significant placement in an experienced team in the DNA Forensics Department with the Forensic Science Services at the Home Office UK. He also worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in various hospitals across the continent while he indulged his passion for wine.
Hamish has held a range of positions at Saint Clair including Lab Manager and Cellar Hand in 2001; Assistant Winemaker and Lab Manager in 2002; and Red Wine Winemaker from 2003 until 2006. Hamish is very passionate about the wines he makes for Saint Clair and is a key member of the winemaking team.
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